Cocaine for those that don’t know, and for those that do know, comes in a powder or crystalline form now days. It is an amphetamine, meaning that it speeds you up rather than slowing you down. But we’re not here to talk about what we already know about “blow,” we are here to talk about what we might possibly not know. For instance, the whole thing with cocaine and Coca-cola. You probably know a little bit about that fact, but not too much. And that brings us to fact number one.
Facts about cocaine #1: The soft drink Coca-Cola originally had around 9 milligrams of cocaine per serving which, when combined with the caffeine as well, gave it a very powerful stimulating effect. While cocaine was officially removed from Coca-Cola’s ingredients in 1903, a cocaine-free version of the coca leaf is still used as a flavor additive in it! Surprise!
Facts about cocaine #2: When cocaine is mixed in combination with alcohol, the body actually turns it into a third substance known as cocaethylene. It is a toxic combination that causes both substances to become stronger. This means that the effects on the brain that both the drugs have lasts longer. This mix is the cause of more deaths than any other drug combo.
Facts about cocaine #3: Between 30% to 60% of users combine cocaine with alcohol. This rate is the cause of nearly 75% cocaine related fatalities in the United States and a cocaine user is 25 times more likely to experience sudden death from cocaine when they combine it with alcohol.
Facts about cocaine #4: According to a study, trace amounts of cocaine can be found on four out of every five dollar bills in circulation right now. But, since cocaine is a fine powder and is easily spread around, presence of the drug doesn’t necessarily mean the bill was used as a snorting straw.
Facts about cocaine #5: Cocaine hydrochloride, which is the pure chemical form of cocaine, taken from the leaves of the coca plant, was the main active ingredient in several tonics and elixirs produced for a variety of illnesses in the early 1900s. One of the products, Tucker’s Asthma Specific, contained 420 milligrams of cocaine per ounce of the medicine.
Facts about cocaine #6: Cocaine IS the most powerful central nervous stimulant found in nature. End of story.
Facts about cocaine #7: Sigmund Freud is one of the more famous proponents of cocaine. After trying the drug for the first time in 1884, he recommended it as a useful treatment for not only depression but also alcoholism and morphine addiction.
Facts about cocaine #8: Sherlock Holmes was a coke head. He is often described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales as indulging in cocaine when no stimulating cases were present to excite his mind.
Facts about cocaine #9: Cocaine is almost ALWAYS diluted. This is because dealers can increase the overall quantity and maximize profits by adding an additive to it when they sell it. The most common additives to cocaine are lactose, lidocaine, cornstarch, talcum powder and well, sugar.
Facts about cocaine #10: Men are more likely to use cocaine than women. But, the gender gap is beginning to decrease. According to statistics there are approximately 700,000 new male users each year in the United States and 500,000 new female users.
Facts about cocaine #11: Men tend to feel the effects of cocaine faster than women and they also report more episodes of euphoria and intense negative feelings related to the drug than women do.
If you or someone you know is using cocaine please don’t hesitate to get help. Because our last fact is this:
Facts about cocaine #12: Cocaine overdose is the most common reason for drug-related visits to the emergency department in the U.S., causing 31% of such visits. In 1978, cocaine accounted for only 1% of drug-related emergency room visits. Not just that, but approximately 10% of people who begin using cocaine will immediately progress to serious, heavy use of the drug.
So if you or someone you know needs help please don’t hesitate to call us. Because if you don’t do it now, then when?